It’s that time of the year again. Your kids have run and played all summer, and now it’s time to head back to school. As a parent, you’re busy buying clothes and supplies so that your children are ready for the upcoming year. Your family dentist in Frisco reminds you, though, that just as important as getting things in order to start the year is the oral hygiene of your children. Read on to learn some easy tips to keep them on track.
Why You Shouldn’t Forget Oral Hygiene
The two pillars of excellent oral hygiene are brushing and flossing. Here’s what they have to offer:
- Brushing – Brushing helps to agitate and then remove leftover food particles and bacteria that cling to teeth. Be mindful, though, that it can only cover 60% of the teeth’s surface.
- Flossing – To address the remaining 40% requires dental floss. The flexible material probes the hard-to-reach areas between teeth to clear away debris and bacteria.
When your children combine these two practices, they are better fortified from a host of oral health issues that can come up like cavities, gum disease, toothaches and others.
How Going Back to School Helps
There are advantages associated with your children going back to school when it comes to their oral hygiene, which include:
- Time Constraints – When school starts, your kids are required to get back on a set schedule. This is helpful in encouraging better oral hygiene. Thus, brushing and flossing their teeth can become a part of their morning routine.
- Greater Self-Awareness – Another benefit of your children heading back to school is that as they get older, they become more self-conscious. Thus, they begin to take more pride in their oral hygiene. After all, when talking to friends, they don’t want to be known as the people with offensive breath.
A Visit Helps a Lot
A great way to solidify the practice of excellent oral hygiene as a habit is to bring your kids in for semi-annual visits. These appointments will ensure that their teeth are clean and that no oral problems are developing.
Because they are typically scheduled every six months, you can align these preventive care visits with the end of summer (before you kids head back to school) and the winter break. The benefits are that they provide your children with a fresh start for the new school year and allow your dentist to encourage them to continue practicing excellent oral hygiene. Furthermore, your children won’t have to miss any school for appointments when they’re staggered like this.
As a parent, your responsibilities and worries are ongoing. When you take the above approach to your children’s oral health, you can remove one of the stressors from your life.
About the Author
Dr. Brett Amedro earned his DDS degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Throughout his career, he’s invested his time and resources into providing the absolute best care and patient experience possible. He invites you to bring your little ones in for a preventive care checkup before the school year, so they can enjoy a healthy and beautiful smile. Dr. Amedro practices at Ten Mile Dental and can be reached for more information through his website.